Casting a spell is an enjoyable, mysterious, and empowering process. Spell ingredients are usually selected for the specific energies they innately possess. These energies should aid the caster in attaining her goal. Ingredients are also often selected for the metaphorical impact they offer the sorceress’s psyche. Typical spell ingredients include herbs, foods, stones, gems, and candles colored to reflecting the caster’s intent.
Tarot does not sprout from the ground like English lavender, grow heavily on tree branches like honey crisp apples, nor are they mined from deep within the earth like crystal quartz or tiger’s eye. But tarot cards contain vast treasure troves of power. In fact, cards alone can be used in the casting of a spell. Tarot is a logical accessory for any magical work for four specific reasons:
- The cards possess all the meanings and emotions that the caster has accumulated with them. This provides a rich source of personal meaning.
- In addition to the caster’s associations, the cards possess the power of the collective consciousness archetype. When the caster moves inside the card, they brush up against the consciousness and energy of others. This also means that the Major Arcana, many of whose symbols and meanings are derived straight from classical art and ancient ideas, harbor excessive wells of usable energy.
- The spell caster can explore and journey into the innards of a tarot card and use it as the creative space of your spell’s visualization. You will see the phrase “Enter the arcana” many times in my new book 365 Tarot Spells.
- The cards possess the power of symbolic language. Symbolic language speaks readily to the soul of the caster. Words are not needed. This leaves a powerful impression of the psyche and creates a more potent spell.
In writing 365 Tarot Spells, certain cards appeared again and again as the most helpful for specific intentions. Here’s a quick list to help you get started.
- Wheel of Fortune
- Ten of Pentacles
- Ace of Pentacles
Our thanks to Sasha for her guest post! For more from Sasha Graham, read her article, “Sacred Space, Tarot, and Your Magical Practice.”